Shortland Street slammed by Down syndrome community

first_imgNewsHub 1 August 2018Family First Comment: More disturbing rubbish on TVNZ…“The word ‘abortion’ was used straight away and that’s very confronting and offending to people with Down syndrome, and their parents,” says Kim Porthouse, a spokesperson for the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association (NZDSA). In the show, Warner says the genetic disorder will mean the child suffers severe medical issues that “will crush” Carlson. “These inflammatory statements are incredibly ill-informed and coming from a doctor it just reinforces a lot of the prejudice that having a child with Down syndrome is a burden,” says Mrs Porthouse.Members of New Zealand’s Down syndrome community say they are “appalled” by an “insensitive and ignorant” recent Shortland Street storyline.But the show’s broadcaster TVNZ and production company South Pacific Pictures are defending it.In the soap opera, couple Zoe Carlson and Chris Warner discovers their unborn baby is likely to have Down syndrome.“The word ‘abortion’ was used straight away and that’s very confronting and offending to people with Down syndrome, and their parents,” says Kim Porthouse, a spokesperson for the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association (NZDSA).In the show, Warner says the genetic disorder will mean the child suffers severe medical issues that “will crush” Carlson.“These inflammatory statements are incredibly ill-informed and coming from a doctor it just reinforces a lot of the prejudice that having a child with Down syndrome is a burden,” says Mrs Porthouse.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/entertainment/2018/07/shortland-street-slammed-by-down-syndrome-community.htmllast_img read more

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Going for gold – Guyana’s Jadyn George will be hunting medals at this year’s Goodwill

first_img“I just like the water,” the words of 14-year-old swimming enthusiast Jadyn George, one of Guyana’s brightest developing prospects in the pool.Despite trying her hand at a number of other sports and extracurricular activities, including table tennis, tennis and dancing, swimming has always been the only thing that has managed to stick; all because Jadyn just could not shake her immense affinity for being in the pool and competing.She is well-known as half of the George twins, the other being her sister Danielle, also a swimmer. Both are sisters of former national swimmer Onika George.It was actually Onika who sparked her younger siblings’ interest in swimming.“She had started swimming and we just wanted to try out the sport, and we just ended up being in this sport. Even though we did try other sports, swimming was the only one we stuck with,” Jadyn said.That was over ten years ago. Today, George is Guyana’s leading swimmer in the Girls 13-14 category, which she has been dominating all season taking almost all of the age-group champion titles for every local meet this year.“It was just fun. I would always get very hyper, just wanting to go in the pool, when I was younger. Yea, it is hard at times but just as long as you push yourself, after a while it becomes easier,” she shared.This will be her first year in this new age category, but she’s still going in with confidence.The timid third-former was Guyana’s only gold medallist on a team of 28 swimmers at the Goodwill Swim Meet last year.George went in as the underdog ranked as low as eighth in some of her races, at the time when she was competing in the 11 to 12 category.But she shocked all, even herself, when she was the first one the touch the wall – in her race, not once, not twice, but three times in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle.The gold medal was the peak of Jadyn’s achievements as a swimmer, marking her first time medalling at the developmental meet, where Guyanese competed against swimmers from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, and St Lucia among other nations.This year George is facing a similar situation, not ranking so well in several of her races, but she’s still holding out for another upset.“I feel confident in myself. I know that I feel that I will improve my timings. I’m more and more confident that I could medal, day by day,” she related.George is one of 40 swimmers who will be representing Guyana at this year’s Goodwill Swim Meet to be held in Guyana at the National Aquatic Centre from August 18 to 21.last_img read more

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UKGC suspends Stakers licence over compliance concerns

first_img Winning Post: A tale of three reports for UK betting July 6, 2020 Citing ‘a number of compliance issues’, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has imposed an interim suspension on the licence of igaming and sports betting operator Stakers.Enforcing sections 116 and 118 of the Gambling Act 2005, the UKGC confirmed that it had ‘commenced a review’ into the Switzerland-based operator, suspending its licence while the review takes place.As a result of the suspension, which is effective immediately, Stakers is no longer permitted to offer gambling services via its stakers.com website in the UK. The operator has also been instructed by the UKGC to ensure that it supports customers accessing their accounts to withdraw funds and to advise players not to place any bets through the website.In a statement on its website, the regulator said: “We suspect that Stakers Limited has breached a condition of the licence (section 116(2)(a) of the Act)) and is unsuitable to carry on the licensed activities (section 116(2)(c)(i)) of the Act). We, therefore, consider it appropriate to suspend the licence with immediate effect pending the conclusion of the review.”In February, the UKGC suspended Addison Global’s operating licence after the regulator suspected ‘that Addison Global Limited has breached a condition of the licence (section 120(1)(b) and is unsuitable to carry on the licensed activities (section 120(1)(d) of the Act)’.Under the terms of the suspension, Addison Global was prohibited from offering gambling services via its now insolvent moplay.co.uk brand to customers across the UK. StumbleUpon Share Submit UKGC reaffirms commitment to making progress on tackling problem gambling June 29, 2020 Gambling.com maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

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